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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

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Alder Barbara Harrington-McKinney

Contact Information

Home Address:

1209 Dayflower Dr

Council Office

Common Council Office:
210 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd
Room 417
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: (608) 266-4071
Fax: (608) 267-8669
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Alder Harrington-McKinney’s Updates

City Updates

March 20, 2020 10:27 AM


This has been a stressful week. Be sure to take care of yourself. Be kind to each other. I had to be reminded of that by Dr. Ruben Anthony of the Urban League. Thank God for wise counsel. Thank you Dr. Anthony. In my efforts to be accountable and a good steward to the constiuents of District 1 and the broader City... FACT: we are in a crisis with COVID-19. It is not business as usual. We are faced with drastic adjustments to our norm. This pause, has caused me to re-focused on what are those priorities? Brenda Konkel sent Alders the following email:

"I'm working on an article about what alders are doing when they can't meet and with committees cancelled.  So here's my questions I'd invite all to answer.  I will post all answers I receive. 
1.  What plans to you have to replace in-person meetings in your district?  Which meetings are you prioritizing?
2.  What will you do with the extra time you have because your committees aren't meeting? AND/OR What is filling your time between now and the next time the council meets?
3.  What are your main policy priorities/initiatives you think the city should be working on right now?
4  What is your biggest challenge in being an alder right now?
5.  What are you seeing in the community that is giving you hope?
Please feel free to add anything else you'd like people to know.
I'll be working on this story Saturday afternoon for publishing on Sunday morning."

I serve at the pleasure of District 1 constiuents and to represent the governmental functionality that serves the interest and wellbeing of all citizens of the City of Madison regardless of race, gender, ethnicity or nationality.  I therefore leave it up to you to answer Ms. Konkel's questions. I am unsure of the intention of Ms. Konkel's request, but it is my choice to respond or not. I chose not to respond. What is it that you need from your Alder? City government? Mayor?
Stay well and be sure to take care of yourself; be kind to each other. It has been a stressful week, be good to yourselves this weekend. Thanks goes out to all of the caring people in this community. Mike McKinney's line: It shows that people care!! That this community cares. 

Cap Times' coronavirus home page:

City of Madison Coronavirus page:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Coronavirus page -- guidelines on how to protect yourself and what to do if you get sick:
Public Health Madison and Dane County's Coronavirus page:

Wisconsin Department of Health Services' Coronavirus page:

Madison Metropolitan School District COVID-19 page:


You can continue to get updated information from the Public Health Madison & Dane County website, City of Madison site. Continue to practice social distancing, good hand hygiene, and most importantly take time to care for yourself. This is a stressful time for all so make sure you are kind to one another and yourselves. We will continue to work together through this pandemic and make sure that our most vulnerable populations have access to the food resources they need to stay healthy and safe....Mayor Sayta Rhodes-Conway. 

COVID-19 Community Food Resources*

* Please note that this list is far from exhaustive and there are many community-based, grassroots efforts happening all over our city to connect residents in need with food resources


WI State Journal – 3/18/20: "Here's where you can get free meals in Madison during the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic":


Madison Metropolitan School District - Neighborhood Food Sites:


SSM Health Meals on Wheels:

NewBridge Madison:

Independent Living – Evening Meals on Wheels:

Emergency Food and General Resources

2-1-1 Wisconsin:

Madison-area food pantries are constantly providing updated information on hours to United Way Dane County 2-1-1 staff

2-1-1 also serves as a vital connection point for other critical resources

List of Madison Resources for COVID-19:

City of Madison to Offer Curbside Voting

Thursday, March 19, 2020 - 6:59pm

The City of Madison has reserved four parking spots on Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd. outside the City-County Building and the Madison Municipal Building for curbside voting starting Friday, March 20th. Voters who are high-risk for COVID-19 can register to vote and/or cast their ballot from their vehicle. High-risk populations include older adults and people with chronic health conditions. Curbside voting will be offered 8:00am - 6:00pm, Monday - Friday, March 20th - April 3rd.

Signs will be posted at each of the designated stalls prompting voters who need to use the curbside voting option to call the City Clerk's Office. A pair of election officials will be sent out to the voter's vehicle to assist the voter in voting. 

Update - COVID-19

Tuesday, Public Health and UW Health presented an Update on COVID-19 to the Common Council Executive Committee. The link for the Update: channel/Presentation/750fdb45b0974783a6b73f51c508c9bd

The City is working closely with Public Health Madison & Dane County to provide complete and accurate information in this ever-changing environment. For additional information you can follow the Mayor's blog and PHMDC and the City on social media.  As you can see from the City and Public Health websites below, there are links to regularly get updated information on COVID 19.

Katie  Crawley, Deputy Mayor, Public Works and Communication, Office of the Mayor

JFF Update and information

JFF offices are unfortunately closed at this time.  That being said, all of our workers are available by cell phone and email.  JFF staff are working with community partners to help coordinate resources, identify needs, consult with other agency staff, and of course, respond to calls from families.  We are doing our level best to be responsive in this new service paradigm, and focused on how we can best support those that are struggling with the impact of Covid 19.

JFF Manager, Ron Chance, 1202 Northport Drive, Madison, WI  53704

608-242-6325, 608-287-4279, 608242-6293

JFF Support, David Marshall

608-242-6388, 608-630-1238

JFF Supervisor, Mike Bruce, 818 W. Badger Rd #6, Madison, WI  53713

608-335-7817, 608-283-1684

Update on Metro Transit Protocol

Metro Transit, like many transit operations across the country, has recognized continued service as a critical function for our city and has therefore been working to address concerns expressed by drivers and riders to ensure everyone's safety and wellbeing. 

With social distancing and safety in mind, we've implemented the following:

Limitation of 15 riders or fewer per bus
Request for riders to depart the bus at the rear
Discouraging riders who are immunocompromised, elderly, or feel ill to not take transit, and instead stay home or drive their personal vehicle
Requirement of six feet of distance between riders and the driver seat
Hand sanitizer and cleaning wipes for drivers (Due to extremely heavy usage, Metro has found the supply of hand sanitizer running low and the City's EOC is delivering additional sanitizer to bridge the gap between now and an anticipated Friday hand sanitizer order delivery.)
Increased bus cleaning requirements and frequency including the fogging of buses with disinfectant which begins today

Metro has also provided two weeks of paid sick leave to drivers available immediately for personal use and/or to care for ill family members.  Per Public Health Madison & Dane County, use of surgical masks are ineffective unless an individual exhibits symptoms of the novel coronavirus and with limitations on these within the state, they are being prioritized for first responders in the healthcare sector.  Metro Transit continues to assess ways to protect drivers and riders from the spread of COVID-19 and is reviewing requests from drivers, advice from Public Health and actions of other transit agencies.Thanks for your continued attention to this issue and to concerns for the wellbeing of our Metro drivers and riders. 

Leslie Orrantia (Or-on-tee-uh), Deputy Mayor, (she/her/hers), Office of the Mayor


Statement of Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway on Voting with Regard to COVID-19Voting is one of our most important democratic responsibilities and rights. And while the COVID-19 pandemic raises a host of unique challenges to voting this year, it remains just ask important as ever. As City staff work to continue providing essential services during this pandemic, ensuring our community can vote remains among my top priorities. We need to make sure our voices count, and that we have a say in the future of our School Board, our State Supreme Court and that of our highest office, the Presidency.

There are some important voter registrations coming up in the coming days. I have copied and pasted and list below. These come from the website

Deadlines for April 7, 2020 Spring Election

Voter Registration- Deadlines for the April 7, 2020 Spring Election 

Voters can register in the following ways.  All voters must provide a Proof of Residence document when registering to vote by mail, in-person in the clerk's office, or at the polls on Election Day.

March 18, 2020- Deadline to Register by Mail - Your voter registration form, along with proof of residence must be postmarked to your municipal clerk no later than March 18, 2020. Find your Municipal Clerk's Contact Information here. 

March 18, 2020- Deadline to Register to vote online. - Voters who are able to match their name, date of birth, Wisconsin Driver License or State ID number, and address with the Wisconsin DMV can register to vote online through March 18, 2020.

April 3, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Register in Your Municipal Clerk's Office-  Voters may register in-person in their municipal clerk's office during the clerk's business hours until 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2020.  Find your Municipal Clerk's Contact Information here.

April 7, 2020 from 7:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.  Register to Vote at Your Polling Place- Voters can register to vote at their polling place on Election Day, April 7, 2020.  Find your Polling Place here. 

Absentee Voting- Deadlines for the April 7, 2020 Spring Election

All voters in Wisconsin can request an absentee ballot be mailed to them for any reason.  Voters must be registered before they can request an absentee ballot.   Voters may request their absentee ballot in writing.  To request an absentee ballot on click here.  You must provide a photo ID with your absentee ballot request, more information on photo ID can be found here.  

April 2, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot- Regular and Permanent Overseas Voters-  If you are a regular or a Permanent Overseas Voter, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 2, 2020. 

April 3, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot- Indefinitely Confined- If a voter is indefinitely confined, your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 3, 2020. 

Possibly though April 5, 2020 -Deadline for In-Person Absentee-  Voters can possibly request and vote an absentee ballot in-person in their municipal clerk's office through April 5, 2020.  Office hours vary by municipality. Some municipal offices may not offer additional in-person absentee hours Please contact your municipal clerk for absentee voting hours. 

April 7, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline for Hospitalized Voters-  Voters who are in a hospital may request a ballot be brought to them by an appointed agent if they are hospitalized in the 7 days preceding the election.  Hospitalized electors may request an absentee ballot between March 31, 2020 and April 7, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

April 7, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m.- Deadline to Request an Absentee Ballot- Military If a voter is in the military  then your absentee ballot request must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. on April 7, 2020. 

April 7, 2020 @ 8:00 p.m.- Deadline to Return Absentee Ballot-  If you have already received an absentee ballot, you must return your absentee ballot by mail or delivery to your municipal clerk.  Your ballot must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 8:00 p.m. on Election Day, April 7, 2020.

Projects - District 1

The proposal at 7050 Watts Road got Urban Design Commission(UDC) approval on 2/26. It will be at Plan Commission on 3/23 and Common Council on 3/31. Gammon Road, S. and West Towne Path

Project Name: Gammon Road, S. and West Towne Path

Location: 530 South Gammon Road, Madison WI

Project Status: In Design

Impact: Major

Construction Update: Anticipated Upcoming Roadway Closures:

No anticipated upcoming roadway closures at this time, however, a traffic pattern change to Stage 1A is anticipated for Monday, March 23, 2020, weather depending.

Current Stage: Stage 1- work consists of roadway and structure construction on Gammon Road, Odana Road, and Gammon Place. Additional work will also be taking place along Grand Canyon Drive. Multiple work operations will be taking place throughout the Gammon Road corridor. Work scheduled for the next week (week of 3/23/2020):

Crews will continue survey and layout operations.
Crews will maintain traffic control devices and continue any placement or staging operations.
Crews anticipate switching to the Stage 1A traffic configuration and will begin median removals. Additional information will be provided with the actual switch date when it is determined.
Crews anticipate beginning storm sewer installation within the median.

Traffic Impacts - 
Two lanes of traffic in each direction will be maintained on Gammon Road except for weeknight and weekend closure allowances. Odana Road as well as Gammon Place will be open to traffic at all times. West Towne Mall access will be maintained at all times through either the entrance across from Odana Road or the entrance across from Gammon Place.
Roadway flagging operations maybe present throughout Stage 1 to assist with traffic control.
Please be alert when traveling the Gammon Road corridor.

Please be alert when traveling the Gammon Road corridor.

Anticipated Upcoming Roadway Closures: No anticipated upcoming roadway closures at this time.

The 2020 Census is HERE!  To learn more about the census and why a complete count is important to the City,  #MadisonCounts #2020Census

March 17, 2020

Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center will be closed to the general public beginning Wed., March 18. Our rooftop will remain open normal hours, Monday - Thursday 8:00 am -10:00 pm and Friday/Saturday 8:00 am - midnight(closed during inclement weather) We are pausing all community events.

Parking Restrictions Temporarily Relaxed
March 17, 2020 

On-Street Metered and Time-Limit Parking Restrictions Temporarily Relaxed
In an effort to accommodate the community and respond to temporary changes in neighborhood and business on-street parking needs, all on-street metered and time-limit parking restrictions will be relaxed, effective 8:00 AM on Wednesday, March 18th through Sunday, April 5th, 2020.
What does this mean for you?
This simply means that on-street metered, 1-hour and 2-hour limit areas, including "permit only" areas, will not be enforced city-wide during this time period. All other restrictions should be followed.

What to remember:

Posted "No Parking" areas, signs and hoods are still valid and enforceable.
Vehicles are required to move every 48 hours, or could be considered an abandoned vehicle and subject to citation and towing.
Hangtags are still required to park in designated Dis/Vet stalls.
Do not park in marked Metro Bus stops
Street Sweeping and Clean Streets-Clean Lakes restrictions are still in effect for posted dates and times.
Leave loading zones free for day to day business needs from 8am – 6pm, Monday-Friday.
All off-street garages and lots are operating as normal and will still require payment.

Information about the Parking Division can be found at:


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